Jaguars come from behind to top Dragons for first Region XIV win


PARIS — Nicholas Gazelas, a true freshman out of Humble (Atascosita High School) looked right at home at Paris Junior College's Hunt Center on Friday.

The 6'-4” shooting guard scored 30 points to propel Jacksonville College to a 100-86 triumph over Paris. Gazelas drained 6 of 12 shots from downtown and went 10 of 18 from the field.

The victory was the first conference win from Jag head coach Louis Truscott.

JC will take an 8-5 overall record, 1-3 in Region XIV, into Monday evening's home game (7 p.m.) against Navarro College (9-5, 3-1).

The Jags trailed 50-47 at intermission, but rallied in the final half to outscore the Dragons (6-7, 1-3) 53-36.

Six of the eight JC players that saw duty finished up with double figures.

Dancell Leter fired in 24 points and snared 11 rebounds, Lamarcus Donahue scored 15 points and had seven boards.

Henry Hampton, a transfer form Northwest Kansas Tech, chipped in 10 points and racked up 11 assists to finish with a double-double for the Jags. Hampton also had a team-high five steals.

Another Jagster to collect a double-double was Justin Blunt. Blunt knocked down 10 points and hauled in 13 caroms.

Meanwhile Mohamad Kraidly added 11 points.

Paris was led in scoring by Carl Parker with 16.

JC had a solid night offensively, hitting 11 of 34 (32.4-percent) from 3-point land and swishing 13 of 16 (81.3-percent) from the free throw line.

The Jags out rebounded the Dragons 48-39.


Recommended for you